Trenton standoff continues; armed man holds three children hostage

Posted: 4:50 PM, May 11, 2013
Updated: 2013-05-11 18:49:21-04

NEW JERSEY (PIX11)–  The longer it takes, the better it is for the safe return of the children.

That’s what our own hostage negotiating expert Wally Zeins is telling us.

This standoff between an armed man barricaded in his own South Trenton home with his dead girlfriends children has been going on close to 27 hours.

Negotiators from the FBI, the New Jersey State police and Trenton city police have been talking to the armed man since late yesterday afternoon.

Police say the suspect, who is not the father of the children, killed their mother and one of the children before they arrived yesterday afternoon.

Acting on a tip from a neighbor police found the badly decomposing body of the mother and one of her children, and her boyfriend threatening them with a gun.

PIX11 police consultant Wally Zeins, who trained the NYPD’s hostage negotiating team, says as long as the suspect keeps talking that’s a good sign, “the longer it takes, the better it is for the safe return of the children.”

Family members have identified the dead woman as 42-year-old Carmen Kelly, a mother of five.

Carmen’s oldest child a 19-year-old autistic boy is said to be safe with relatives.

Carmen also has two teenage daughters, 17 and 14 along with a son in his early teens and a four-year-old boy.

Nearby homes have been evacuated as a precaution as neighbors and relatives of the dead woman wait for word.